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Ropes & Gray Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
64 Reviews
3.5
64 Reviews
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Ropes & Gray Chairman R. Bradford (Brad) Malt
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Every one is busy and you need to set your own boundaries on work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • I genuinely enjoyed working with those folks (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no regard for work-life balance or professional development opportunities for staff - that department was eliminated (in 3 reviews)

  • It's a 'law firm', not a 'people firm', so the staff doesn't matter as much as the attorneys (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Former Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate
    Former Employee - Associate

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    The people are exceptionally intelligent. The work is very high-quality and high-profile. The attorneys generally try to maintain a positive, friendly atmosphere. Your time there will look great on your resume, and for good reason - the professional experience is great. Even if you only spend a few years at the firm, you will open many doors.

    Cons

    Like all law firms of this magnitude (PPP, revenues, number of attorneys, Vault rankings, whatever) it is a sweatshop. Associates are worked to the bone. If anyone tells you that this is a "lifestyle" or "family-friendly" firm, he or she is trying to sell you something. All BigLaw firms are like this - the product they sell is associates' time, and you will have to give an unbelievable amount of your time to the firm. Don't let anyone convince you that the work-life balance is materially different at Ropes than at any other mega firm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    respectful and dedicated

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor
    Current Employee - Technical Advisor

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    In the intellectual property group, Ropes & Gray offers a lot of training to new associates and techical advisors. Every one is busy and you need to set your own boundaries on work life balance. I have observed the firm support numerous TAs and associates transfer offices or increase the amount of time they work remotely.

    Cons

    It is a fairly reserved environment. While the benefits package is overall very good, they do not have any matching for retirement plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management in IP has given technical advisors numerous opportunities to voice their opinions and suggestions. I feel appreciated and it is clear who I should talk to if a concern arises. I have no further suggestions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Great partners, easy work environment

    Cons

    A bit passive and have suffered from assistant layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buy better technology

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  5.  

    Solid place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ropes & Gray

    Pros

    Great manager, competitive pay, company making sincere efforts to improve staff life

    Cons

    Division between staff and lawyers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely awful, aimless, clueless management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offices in the Pru are nice. Too bad they didn't upgrade technology when they upgraded space.

    Cons

    Glaciers form and melt faster than management decision making processes. Change implementation is a haphazard mess, with no true leaders, mutually exclusive priorities, personality contests and a near insurmountable preference for "but that's the way we've always done it".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. Hire some professional management, and get behind the recommendations you are paying them so highly to implement. Get rid of those who have staked out territory and built silos. Lead, follow or get out of the way.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Associate

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    Better work-life balance than most big law firms. Most partners are very willing to put on the "teacher hat" and take the time to explain things to associates.

    Cons

    Your future depends on which partner(s) you end up working the most for. If you end up spending most of your time with a partner that isn't as well regarded at the firm, you will end up getting dinged.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Inconsistent Management and Project Work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Office is in the Prudential, so if your commute gets you there easily then it's a nice location to work in. The benefits are decent, there is free coffee and a cafe on the 49th floor.

    Cons

    IT management lacking, business stakeholders (lawyers) not always engaged in projects and improvements, IT projects involve constant change and projects are not always completed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Desktop Support (Intern)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support () in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Desktop Support () in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great group of guys that get along really well and are helpful.

    Cons

    Taking time off was hard because the group was responsible for so many workers in the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more people in the desktop support group in order meet the needs of all the firm employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great (for BigLaw)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

    I have been working at Ropes & Gray full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good, though standard for BigLaw.
    Benefits are solid.
    Colleagues are generally brilliant and hard-working.
    Great opportunity for substantive work early to gain experience.
    Tons of training available at any time.

    Cons

    Bonuses are generally lockstep, and the additional bonus for vastly exceeding minimum hours is not much.
    No 401K matching.
    Colleagues are very intense and demanding, partnership on down. While there are always differences between individuals, there is a general expectation that you will absolutely do whatever it takes to get a request done.
    Way, way too much work. This is standard across BigLaw, but it really could be alleviated by trusting staffing professionals more and by hiring more people to spread the work across.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more insight as to the direction of the firm and how decisions are being made. Create more disincentives for senior people to be unreasonably demanding (e.g. upward reviews).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people, but Ropes & Chains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at Ropes & Gray full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work

    Cons

    Hours can be very bad and demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the work out so people don't burn out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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